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  • Date:
    18 February 1986
    Law reports

    Contracts of employment: Damages for breach of a promise of employment

    Guided by ordinary contractual principles, the Northern Ireland High Court in Robert McDowell Gill and ors v Cape Contractors Ltd rules that the plaintiffs, who had given up secure employment to work for a new employer, were entitled to compensation when the new employer was subsequently unable to take them on. The court found that the employer's promise gave rise to a collateral contract between the parties which was enforceable by the plaintiffs.